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Triamcinolone (Systemic)



(trye am SIN oh lone)

Brand Names: U.S.

  • Hexatrione
  • Kenalog
  • Kenalog-80
  • P-Care K40
  • P-Care K80
  • Pod-Care 100K
  • Pro-C-Dure 5
  • Pro-C-Dure 6
  • ReadySharp Triamcinolone [DSC]
  • Zilretta


Use: Labeled Indications

Certain lesions (intralesional administration with triamcinolone acetonide [Kenalog-10]): Note: Other concentrations (ie, Kenalog-40 and Kenalog-80) may also be used off label; may require further dilution using appropriate diluents to concentrations appropriate for the lesion (Mathes 2021):

Alopecia areata; discoid lupus erythematosus; keloids; localized hypertrophic, infiltrated, inflammatory lesions of granuloma annulare, lichen planus, lichen simplex chronicus (neurodermatitis), and psoriatic plaques; necrobiosis lipoidica diabeticorum; cystic tumors of an aponeurosis or tendon (ganglia).

Inflammatory joint diseases (subacute and chronic) (intra-articular or soft tissue administration with triamcinolone acetonide [Kenalog-10, Kenalog-40, Kenalog-80] or triamcinolone hexacetonide [Canadian product]):

Acute gouty arthritis, synovitis, tendinopathy, bursitis, epicondylitis, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), osteoarthritis, or post-traumatic arthritis.

Other conditions (IM administration with triamcinolone acetonide [Kenalog-40 or Kenalog-80]):

Allergic states: Control of severe or incapacitating allergic conditions intractable to adequate trials of conventional treatment in asthma, drug hypersensitivity reactions, perennial or seasonal allergic rhinitis, serum sickness, or transfusion reactions.

Dermatologic diseases: Atopic dermatitis, bullous dermatitis herpetiformis, contact dermatitis, exfoliative erythroderma, mycosis fungoides, pemphigus, or severe erythema multiforme (Stevens-Johnson syndrome).

Endocrine disorders: Primary or secondary adrenocortical insufficiency (hydrocortisone or cortisone is the drug of choice), congenital adrenal hyperplasia, hypercalcemia associated with cancer, or nonsuppurative thyroiditis.

GI diseases: To tide the patient over a critical period of disease in Crohn disease or ulcerative colitis.

Hematologic disorders: Acquired (autoimmune) hemolytic anemia, Diamond-Blackfan anemia, pure red cell aplasia, select cases of secondary thrombocytopenia.

Neoplastic diseases: Palliative management of leukemias and lymphomas.

Nervous system: Acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis; cerebral edema associated with primary or metastatic brain tumor or craniotomy. Note: Treatment guidelines recommend the use of high dose IV or oral methylprednisolone for acute exacerbations of multiple sclerosis (AAN [Scott 2011]; NICE 2014).

Ophthalmic diseases: Sympathetic ophthalmia, temporal arteritis, uveitis, and ocular inflammatory conditions unresponsive to topical corticosteroids.

Renal diseases: To induce diuresis or remission of proteinuria in idiopathic nephrotic syndrome or that is caused by lupus erythematosus.

Respiratory diseases: Berylliosis, fulminating or disseminated pulmonary tuberculosis when used concurrently with appropriate antituberculous chemotherapy, idiopathic eosinophilic pneumonias, symptomatic sarcoidosis.

Rheumatic disorders: As adjunctive therapy for short-term administration in acute gout flares; acute rheumatic carditis; ankylosing spondylitis; psoriatic arthritis; RA, including juvenile RA; treatment of dermatomyositis, polymyositis, and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Miscellaneous: Trichinosis with neurologic or myocardial involvement; tuberculous meningitis with subarachnoid block or impending block when used with appropriate antituberculous chemotherapy.

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